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Vegetable gardening is supposed to be fun, right? It should be.
It is so tempting to plant a huge garden with dreams of preserving most of it and having fresh vegetables all season long. It’s so wonderful to see all those rows full of food.
Dreaming of gardening always starts in the winter for us. This is our view right now and I am loving all the snow.
I’m looking over seed catalogues and writing out my order.
But while I love the idea of another large garden, life is getting busy here.
Our garlic farm is getting busy and our days are full.
So this year, the vegetable garden will be a bit smaller and we will be growing the easier vegetables.
The 5 Easiest Vegetables to Grow
If you are downsizing your garden this year or just starting to plant a vegetable garden, you may want to think about planting the easiest vegetables to grow.
It takes less time and it’s easier to direct seed rather than starting seedlings in the house. Starting small with gardening is always the best way to go.
What Does Your Family Like to Eat?
Focus on what your family likes to eat and then plant that. Find a way to easily preserve the extras.
You can use what you learn this year for next year. Expand if you want or keep your garden the same size.
Plant the Easy Vegetables to Grow
Different vegetables take different growing conditions. Some are heat loving, some like cooler weather.
Some vegetables take more care in terms of the labour you have to put in. Instead of planting veggies that take more time and work, just plant the easiest ones to grow!
It will make your time in the garden less stressful and yet you will still get fantastic harvests for fresh eating and preserving.
And this is where reality can (and should) bring us to a screeching halt. It’s the work part of things we all need to keep in mind.
And we need to be realistic with ourselves about how much time we have to spend in the garden.
We all have priorities and things to do every day.
Planting too large a garden can easily cut into the time you need (or want) to spend doing something else.
If you live on property or have a large yard, you already know there are a lot of chores to be done.
Maybe you’ve got a full time job, or coaching sports or doing other things that keep you away from home for most of the day.
Maybe aging or medical issues need to be taken into account.
I’ve made a list of the top 5 easiest vegetables to grow. Then I explain how to prepare the garden bed, sow the seeds and other things you will want to know.
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